The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) which connects the jawbone to the skull can cause problems if injured. Temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD) affect the function of the bite and jaw. They can also cause painful symptoms and can even damage the teeth. Dr. Haim Fedida of Fedida Family Dentistry and Dental Spa provides TMJ treatment in Jackson Heights, NY. He helps revitalize his patient’s smiles with restorative dentistry.
There are multiple common signs of temporomandibular joint disorders, including:
- Teeth clenching and grinding (bruxism)
- Jaw pain or tenderness
- Facial pain
- Difficulty chewing
- Joint locking
Please contact our office if you are encountering any of these signs of TMJ disorders. We will help find the appropriate solution for your needs.
TMJ Treatment Options
TMJ disorders can be treated in our Jackson Heights office with these solutions:
- Oral appliances: Similar to mouthguards, oral appliances protect the teeth from injury. They also prevent the upper and lower jaw from grinding together. Treating bruxism with oral appliances worn at night can prevent tooth wear or damage. Dr. Fedida can help create durable oral appliances using dental impressions for a precise fit.
- Botox: Facial pain and headaches caused by TMJ disorders can be treated with Botox. When injected into key areas of the face, Botox relaxes the muscles. Treatment with Botox can allow for better jaw function and alleviate pain.
Patients may have remaining questions about TMD, including:
Can TMJ go away on its own?
If you are not feeling severe symptoms of TMD, it may eventually fade away. Patients with milder cases of TMD can perform at-home jaw exercises to relieve pain. However, if symptoms worsen, call our office. We will recommend a treatment based on the severity of your symptoms.
What causes TMD?
TMJ disorders can be caused by stress, an uneven bite, joint damage or injury, or arthritis. We help our patients reverse damage caused by TMD.
Request a Dental Consultation
Treat painful TMD symptoms at Fedida Family Dentistry and Dental Spa. Contact our office for care at 929.552.6315. You can also schedule an appointment with Dr. Fedida on our website.